Reaction Videos: Why They're So Trendy and How To Make Them

If you don't spend much time on YouTube or don't follow video content trends, reaction videos may be a foreign concept to you. Even then, chances are you have watched a few of them here and there.

Nonetheless, if you're here - you're interested. In this article we will discuss what reaction videos are, how you can make them, and what makes them so popular.

What Are Reaction Videos?

The term is self-explanatory - a reaction video is simply a video where a vlogger or host watches and reacts to an existing piece of content. This can be a YouTube video, a piece of music, a movie trailer, or a scene from a television show. Usually, the person making the reaction video will provide commentary and share their thoughts and opinions as they watch the content for the first time.

Briefly History

While reaction videos are popular now on YouTube and TikTok, their origins lie in Japanese variety shows, where celebrities and TV personalities would react to various video clips. It was only in early 2010 that reaction videos had become a staple of video streaming services.

Why Do People Watch Reaction Videos?

Obviously, if there are so many reaction videos on the net, people are watching them. So what's the big deal? Here are a few aspects that make reaction videos a pleasure to watch:

  1. Gaining new perspectives: Reaction videos are entertaining because they offer a unique perspective on content you may have already seen. It's almost like getting a reaction from a friend or family member whenever you watch something together.
  2. Getting information: In many cases, you can learn much more about a given piece of content through reaction videos, especially if the creator has deep knowledge or expertise in the industry and can break the content down.
  3. Formulating an opinion: Additionally, reaction videos can be used to gauge someone's reaction to a piece of content before watching it yourself. For example, if you're on the fence about watching a particular movie, you can check out a reaction video to see if it's worth your time.
  4. Because they are Relatable: One of the things that reaction videos have going for them is that they are relatable. It's easy to watch someone else react to something and see a little of yourself in their reaction. Whether cringing at a scary movie or laughing at a comedian's jokes, reaction videos offer a way to connect with people from all over the world with similar interests.
  5. They Feel Authentic: Another element that makes reaction videos so great is they're unscripted. The person making the video reacts in real time, which means you get an authentic reaction. This is in contrast to most other content on YouTube (and the Internet in general), which is heavily edited and often scripted.
  6. There's Something for Everyone: There are reaction videos for all kinds of content, meaning there is something out there for everyone. Whether you're into music, movies, television, or anything else, you can find a reaction video you will enjoy.

Why Should You Make Reaction Videos?

Now that we've looked at why people watch reaction videos, let's take a look at why you would be interested in making them.

  1. Building an audience: One of the benefits of reaction videos is that they can help you build an audience. People enjoy watching reaction videos because they are entertaining and offer a new perspective on a given subject. If you make reaction videos, people will be interested in watching your content and subscribing to your channel.
  2. Engaging with your audience: In addition to building an audience, reaction videos can also help you engage with your audience. Given their popularity and the many reasons why people enjoy them, people will be more drawn to engage with you and your content if you make reaction videos. This can create a community around your channel and help you build relationships with your viewers.
  3. Increased traffic: If you make reaction videos, there is a good chance your traffic will increase. This is because reaction videos are entertaining, and people will want to watch them. Also, posting your reaction videos on social media will likely get more views as people share and engage.
  4. More Revenue: Another potential benefit of reaction videos is that you can make money from them. You can monetize your reaction videos and earn revenue from advertisements if you have a YouTube channel. In addition, if your reaction videos are popular, you may be able to work with brands and sponsors to create even more income.

How to Make a Reaction Video

How to make reaction videos

If you're interested in making reaction videos, there are a few things to keep in mind. Let’s see:

1. Be Yourself

One of the most important things is to be yourself. Reaction videos are popular because they offer an authentic reaction. If you try to force a reaction or act like someone you're not, people will be able to tell, and they won't enjoy your videos as much.

2. Pick The Content Wisely

Another tip is to pick the right content for your reaction videos. You want to choose the content you are passionate about and know your audience will enjoy. In addition, it's essential to ensure the content is reaction-worthy. Not all content is created equal, and some types of content are better suited for reaction videos than others.

3. Choose The Content You Haven't Seen

A reaction video is all about your reaction, so choosing the content you haven't seen before is essential. This way, you can offer an authentic reaction that people will want to watch. If you've seen the content before, your reaction will likely not be as strong or authentic, and your audience will see through it.

4. Make it Personal

When making reaction videos, it's important to make them personal. This means sharing your thoughts and feelings about the content in addition to your reaction. What did you like? What didn't you like? Why did you react the way you did? Your audience will want to know, and it will help them connect with you on a deeper level.

5. Get Creative

Don't be afraid to get creative with your reaction videos. There are many different ways to make them, and it's fun to experiment until you find what works best for you. You can use props, create challenges for yourself (try not to laugh), or even film with friends. The sky's the limit!

6. Have Fun With It

Yes, having fun with it is important. Reaction videos should be entertaining for both you and your audience. If you're not enjoying yourself it will be reflected in your reaction, and people won't want to watch.

Do Reaction Channels Make Money?

Yes, reaction channels can make money on YouTube. The amount of money they make depends on various factors such as the number of views, the number of subscribers, and the type of content they produce. According to, a reaction channel can make between $1 to $5 per 1,000 views if their channel and video are approved for Adsense.

However, not all reaction channels make money from their videos. Some support themselves through other means such as Patreon, sponsorships, merchandise, and revenue from other social media platforms.

If you’re interested in creating a reaction channel, you’ll want to ensure that your videos are approved for Adsense and that you’re following YouTube’s monetization policies.

Record Reaction Videos with Podcastle

Hopefully, we've motivated you to create your own reaction videos. If you are, then it's the easiest to do with Podcastle. This AI-powered software tool is designed to help you create studio-quality audio and video content with minimum equipment and editing skills. You can record studio-quality videos involving multiple participants (up to 10) and easily edit them in the studio with high-end features and tools. You can also use a webcam recorder if you want to stream your videos online.

To start, create a new recording from the dashboard, type in the title, configure and test your input devices, and proceed to the studio. As you're recording in the app, Podcastle will automatically make your audio input sound sharp and clean, eliminating background noise and adjusting varying volume to a consistent level. When you're done with the video recording, you will receive the rendered video in a sleek grid layout. You can also easily edit your project later in the studio.

You can easily polish your project in the Podcastle studio when you record it or upload a file from your device to the app. Here are a few features among many that will radically improve the quality of your audio:

With the AI Silence Remover, you can easily remove all the silent segments from your audio with one click. Remove background noise and amplify and soften your voice throughout the audio track with the Magic Dust feature. The auto-leveling feature, in turn, will adjust the loudness level throughout your recording to a consistent level.

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